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“An air fryer helps to minimize intake of oil, saturated fat, trans fat and overall calories from foods. This in turn helps to not only reduce the risk of chronic disease but also aids in enhancing overall meal quality and mitigating inflammation in the body. Besides, air fryers nowadays are multi-functional. This helps to save cost and time because we no longer need to buy different individual kitchen appliances tailoring to the different cooking method separately." - Bobo
Fried food can be healthy, you just need to know how to cook your favourite crispy food with the right tools in the market!
The air fryer has been dominating our Malaysian kitchen scene for the last 10 years or so, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping. At least, not yet. Even if you have your typical ovens and toasters to cook certain crispy food, nothing will fry them like an actual fryer.
Air fryers not only give us healthier food options, but it's also convenient and easy to use, making this a dream appliance for anyone from bachelors to working moms.
Check out our reviews on the best air fryers in Malaysia, all suitable for cooking healthy fries and whatnots with. If you think you need more than what we have to recommend, do read the guide after our air fryer list!
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"This is our top pick and we think it's the best buy because of its versatility as a hybrid appliance; an air fryer and oven in one.
Established in 2015, Riino is a Malaysian brand with a variety of home and kitchen products. They may be relatively new compared to other local brands, but the quality of their air fryer oven seems to be as good as the rest.
Reasonably priced, it comes with a host of features and extra tools that make cooking that much easier. We love how much just one cooking appliance can do, saving us money and valuable storage space since there is no need to buy other appliances."
The Riino AF510T is a 12L air fryer oven with 16 preset menus and 10 accessories, making it the unit with the most features (on this list of course). Now, we’re not going to list down all the presets, but we’d like to point out that one particular preset menu that caught our eye – the dehydrate preset. With this preset, you’ll be able to dehydrate your own fruits – making this function perfect for forming healthier snacking habits.
Besides fries, roast chicken is next on the list of popular food people like to try cooking with an air fryer. However, what most don’t know is that it would probably be impossible to fit a whole chicken into the usual bucket-type air fryers. This 12L oven-type air fryer would be able to accommodate a whole chicken, albeit a small one of around 1.8kg, according to most users.
We found that users have no complaints and were more than satisfied with the results. For what you're paying, this model has all the bells and whistles that definitely give you bang for your buck.
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Stainless steel is durable and makes clean up so easy. You’ll love this air fryer oven by Khind that comes with a rust-free stainless steel mesh frying basket.
Activate the rotate function with the touch of a button and make rotisserie chicken at home! The digital display with touch sensor control is straightforward and easy to use.
You’ll be able to practise healthier cooking as this air fryer oven utilises high-speed air circulation technology so you won’t need to use a lot of oil for your food to cook. It can only fit whole chicken of a smaller size. Overall, its performance is satisfying.
Owning an air fryer does not need to cost you an arm and a leg. The Bossman BK200 is a great budget-friendly option.
With a net capacity of 2.2L, it suits small families of 2-3. The inner pan has a non-stick coating which is easy to clean.
It has a temperature range of 80 to 200°C and a timer of up to 30 minutes. Although 30 minutes is a short time and the temperature range is limited, it does have 360° circling airflow to ensure that food is cooked evenly so that food turns out crispy outside and is well-cooked.
In general, users are happy with the fryer's performance especially given its affordable price tag. This is a good option for anyone looking to buy an entry-level air fryer.
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Air fryers with more than one rack allow you to get more done in the same amount of time.
This air fryer oven has 10 functions which include a dehydrate, rotisserie, bake, and toast. To give you an idea of how spacious it is, its 23L capacity can apparently accommodate an 8-inch pizza, 6 slices of toast, 18 chicken wings, a whole chicken(About 1.2kg), or more than 1kg of fries.
Its digital touch button control makes it easy to operate. The presets aren’t arbitrary as you can still adjust the timer and temperature to your liking. Users praise its even heat distribution.
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Countertop space could be an issue if you’ve got a smaller kitchen but love using many appliances (like some of the editors at ProductNation). Moreover, bigger capacity air fryers can be quite heavy and difficult to move around, especially if it’s being used by older folk. The Trio TAF-827 is a great option as it'll take up minimal space.
Among all the units in this list, this 2.6L air fryer is the only one that comes with a handle, making it easier to carry and store after use. Surprisingly though, it weighs a whopping 6kg, even with a 2.6L capacity. This makes that handle design all the more useful.
When it comes to futuristic features, the Trio TAF-827 is modern enough to have a touch screen panel but weirdly, no pre-set menus. It has the standard temperature and timer settings all other air fryers have, but that’s nothing to shout about.
This air fryer has been given raving reviews on Lazada, and is given 4.7/5 stars (at time of writing). Besides being a good pick for newbies in the kitchen, users also complimented the unit on being easy to use and clean.
Milux is a Malaysian brand established in 1977 and has since grown to be known as the household gas specialist in the South East Asian region. The Milux Digital Turbo Air Fryer MAF-1360 is our favourite pick for large families simply because of its, well, capacity.
This 12L air fryer can cook up a storm for a large family of 5 – 8 people, maybe even 10 if you have young children in the household. This isn’t to say that a smaller capacity air fryer wouldn’t be able to cook for a big family, but you’d have to do so in batches which can be time-consuming.
Besides its huge capacity, it comes with 7 accessories to accommodate a wide variety of food. These accessories include chicken forks (rotisserie), a cage (for nuts and fries), a fish cage, a rack, a non-stick grill plate, skewers, and tongs. Complementing its 7 bonus accessories is a set of 7 pre-set menus for nuts, chicken, cake, skewers, steak, fries and fish & DIY.
Users appreciate its large capacity and love how easy it is to operate and clean.
Known for their wide array of kitchen appliances and cookware (particularly their non-stick utensils), Tefal is a trusted household name in the kitchen department all around the world.
The Tefal FX1000 is the only unit with a 0.8L capacity to be mentioned on this list.
Now, it’s important to note that an air fryer with such a capacity is perfect for a single person, but no more than that. Of course, if such a situation occurs where you’d have to cook for another person, you’d just have to cook in batches.
Like some of the air fryers mentioned here, this unit comes with a standard temperature and timer you’d have to set manually. So if touchscreen or digital control isn’t your cup of tea, this model would be perfect. It also comes in a black-and-white colour combo and has a nicer, squarish design compared to most air fryers.
Its four cooking modes; fry, grill, roast, and bake should suffice for cooking for one.
Note that some users complain that it could be quite bulky especially if you lack kitchen countertop space.
Looking for an air fryer that can do more than just fry? This model by Morgan is a versatile device with 6 functions.
Toaster oven air fryers tend to cook food more evenly and have more space to spread food out. Since this air fryer is also an oven, you can toast, grill, bake, and roast with it too. It automatically shuts off when the oven door is open as a neat safety precaution.
Equipped with a baking tray, wire rack, and air fry basket; you can prepare more than one type of food simultaneously; saving cooking time.
It has an adjustable temperature range of 65˚C to 230˚C, allowing you to control the temperature for different cooking functions. Users feel that it’s a value-for-money purchase as it is multifunctional. You'll be able to dispense with the need to purchase other appliances and avoid clutter in the kitchen.
add_circle2-year original warranty by Philips Malaysia
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Philips is a brand that's well-known for a variety of home appliances and their air fryers are no exception.
The most tiresome part of cooking is actually the washing up. Although most air fryers are easy to clean, the basket can get dirtier as time goes by. Philips QuickClean basket has a removable mesh that makes it easier to clean thoroughly, and a non-stick coating so that less food debris gets stuck.
This air fryer could help you whip up tons of delicious meals via frying, grilling, roasting, and even baking. It also has a reheat function to help warm up cold or refrigerated food.
You probably already know that air fryers use little-to-no oil for “frying” the food. The Philips Viva Collection Air Fryer XXL further reduces fat with its new Fat Removal technology that separates and captures excess fat. Apparently, it is the only air fryer on the market with said technology. This way, you can enjoy delicious, healthier food with maximum taste and minimum fat.
One thing you should take note of is its capacity. Unlike all the other air fryers on this list, the Philips doesn’t mention its capacity. At most, we know that the device can cook 1.4kg of fries. Upon further research though, we found that this air fryer has a 7.3L capacity and is enough to feed a medium-sized family of 3 to 5.
This is indeed a premium model that's a little pricier. You are most likely paying for its technology that doesn't seem to be available with other brands.
An air fryer fries (or to be more precise, it bakes) foods. It produces a crunchy, crispy feel by circulating hot air around the meal. This in a way, mimics the process when food is submerged in hot oil during deep frying. The concept is similar to baking using a conventional oven but an air fryer does the work faster.
Is air frying really a healthy option for home cook meals?
According to our expert, yes! Generally, air frying requires minimal to no additional oil. Hence, it helps to reduce the intake of oil and calories, which are the main culprit of excessive calories consumption and obesity.
While obesity is the root cause of many chronic diseases especially the three highs: diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, cooking foods using an air fryer helps in weight management and prevention of obesity. Research has shown that the usage of air fryers can cut down the fat content in fried potatoes by 70% (about 45kcal per 100g).
Besides, it also helps to reduce saturated fat, trans-fat in foods by 30-50%.
How to choose the best air fryer
Let’s talk about the factors you should take into account when picking an air fryer.
Firstly, consider how much counter space you have to spare when deciding what type of air fryer to go for. Air fryer toaster ovens are pretty bulky and may not be ideal for those who lack space.
Next, you’ll want to look at the functions provided. What’s the point of getting one that doesn’t have the presets you're looking for to simplify your cooking process?
The capacity is important too. If you have a large family, you’ll want one that’s big enough so you won’t have to cook multiple batches.
Think about your budget and narrow down your choices from there.
Pros and cons of an air fryer
Healthier fried food
You get to enjoy fried food with fewer calories and fat as minimal to no oil is required.
Convenient and easy to use
Air fryers are a no brainer. With so many presets to choose from, all you have to do is decide on one and set it accordingly with the touch of a button.
The best part is that just one device can do so much. You can use it to bake some egg tarts, grill chicken, fry nuggets, and even make pizza.
Most air fryer baskets are made of stainless steel which requires minimal effort to clean. Some pans feature non-stick coating too.
Air fryers are a few hundred Ringgit at least. While there are definitely lower-end models that are under RM200, the features won’t be as extensive as that of the high-end multifunction ones that can cost over RM1000.
Food may get burnt
Its preset cooking programmes are indeed useful, but they vary between air fryers of the different brands and are not the most accurate, resulting in burned food. Charred food might be carcinogenic. You’ll need to experiment, trying out different modes and temperature settings, depending on what you’re cooking.
Longer frying time
Though faster than convection ovens, air fryers are actually 2-3 times slower than deep fryers.
Dietitian Explains: The downside of air frying
The main concern of air frying is the formation of acrylamide (a probable human carcinogen classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC). Acrylamide is a by-product of the cooking process that is formed when sugar reacts with the amino acid asparagine during the Maillard reaction (Maillard reaction contributes to the browning of food). Simply put, the browner the food, the higher the acrylamide content.
The truth is that acrylamide forms when foods are cooked at 120°C and above. Hence, air-frying is not the only culprit that contributes to its formation. In addition, some studies show that an air fryer helps reduce 90% of acrylamide if compared to the traditional deep-frying method. (Note: acrylamide in other lifestyle factors like smoking, is even more potent than acrylamide contributed by foods).
In conclusion, air frying is generally safe however the portion control still plays a key role in determining overall calories and nutrient consumption.
Best food to air fry
In general, all common foods are suitable for air frying. This includes protein sources like chicken, meat, fish, tofu, tempeh, French fries, fruits, vegetables, and even baked goods like cakes!
As advised by Bobo, here are how users can make good use of their appliances to make healthier food and reduce acrylamide formation:
Pre-soak raw materials
The main ingredient in the food like potatoes should be soaked in water for 15-30 minutes before cooking. Not only will it help remove starch to give them that perfectly crispy texture, but it cleans your food better too.
Ensure to cook foods with cooking methods not more than 175°C
Controlling the temperature of food is critical for ensuring that it is safe to eat and reducing the possibility of hazardous microorganisms being present. If the recipe calls for 15 minutes of cooking time, do not go beyond that as the longer the cooking time, the browner the foods, the higher the acrylamide content.
Add plants or herbs
If making baked goods, it is recommended to add plant extract or herbs like rosemary oil / dried leaves to the wheat dough. This will help reduce the percentage of acrylamide in the final product by 57-67%.
Increase glutathione (potential inhibitor for acrylamide) level in the body
To do so, Bobo exhorts people to consume and include sulfur-containing foods such as onion, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, and red peppers in their menu. She also suggested that cysteine-containing food like poultry, yoghurt, and eggs might help too.
Cut foods into thicker strips
This will help to reduce the surface area over volume ratio, hence lowering acrylamide formation in your food.
Is an air fryer really worth it?
Air fryers let you join the taste of fried food with only the need for minimal oil or none at all. Nonetheless, the taste and texture are uncompromised.
Besides, air fryers are a great introductory kitchen appliance for those who are newbies in the kitchen, thanks to the various presets and menus that come with many of the models in the market. Plus, they work faster than regular convection ovens, cutting down your cooking time.
But, if you are someone who is already experienced in the kitchen, an air fryer might not be necessary as this appliance isn't significantly better than the convection oven that you probably already own. An air fryer is worth getting only if you whip up fried food regularly. So, unless you fry food daily, it wouldn't be very beneficial.